Navy bean

For the Tracy Bonham song, see Navy Bean (song).
Haricot beans, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,468 kJ (351 kcal)
60.75 g
Sugars 3.88 g
Dietary fiber 24.4 g
1.5 g
22.33 g
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

The navy bean, haricot or pearl haricot bean, white pea bean,[1] or pea bean,[2] is a class of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) native to the Americas, where it was domesticated.[3] It is a small, dry white bean which is smaller than many other types of white beans, and has an oval, slightly flattened shape. It features in such dishes as baked beans and even pies, as well as in various soups such as Senate bean soup.[4] Unlike most canned vegetables, which lose much of their nutritive value in the canning process, navy beans maintain their nutritive value when canned.[5]

The plants that produce navy beans may be either of the bush type or vining type, depending on which cultivar they are.[6]

Consumption of baked beans has been shown to lower total cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.[7][8] This might be at least partly explained by high saponin content of navy bean. Saponins also exhibit antibacterial and anti-fungal activity, and have been found to inhibit cancer cell growth.[9] Furthermore, navy bean is the richest source of ferulic acid and p-coumaric acid among the common bean varieties.[10] It is commonly known as the "Navy Bean" due to its use as a staple of United States Navy rations in the 19th century.


Navy bean cultivars include:

Other white beans

Other white beans include:

Nutritional value

White beans are the most abundant plant-based source of phosphatidylserine (PS) yet known.[13] It contains notably high levels of apigenin, 452±192 µg/kg, which vary widely among legumes.[14]

Storage and safety

Dried and canned beans stay fresh longer by storing them in your pantry or other cool, dark place under 75 °F (24 °C). With normal seed storage, seeds should last from one to four years for replanting, with a very large timetable for cooking for well-kept seeds, nearing on indefinite. Avoid beans which are discolored from the pure white color of these beans, as they may have been poorly handled while they dried.[15]


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